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I'm having problems intertwining 2 objects - knife, scissors, shape tool

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I want a plant to wind around a stake and I haven't been able to easily accomplish it with vectors in Affinity Desgner.  In Affinity Photo, I would just erase parts of the stake.  Easy!   So I may be thinking about this the wrong way :)
Knife and Scissors will cut up the stake, but the edges are strange and don't match the plant, or the pieces won't fill, or I move a node and everything goes crazy.  I have tried Shape Builder to delete the stake where it intersects the plant, but it deletes both the stake and the plant. 
What I did to accomplish the plant and stake on the right is completely redraw each bit of the branch so that it is 6 separate parts.  I can certainly do that, but I think there must be an easier way, I just can't see it. 
Thanks for your advice!


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Off the top of my head, make a copy of the stake. Move the copy to the very back. Remove the stroke from the stake in the front and start cutting that with the Knife tool and deleting the bits that cover the Vine. Should work. Cut at the red lines and remove the Yellow bits.


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Take a look at this.


So the stake is 5mm the stroke 1mm so the brown blocks are 4mm, ok that's easy but if they were irregular shapes, I would just take a bit more time drawing blocks with the Pen Tool.

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